‘Simpsons’ episode that predicted a Trump presidency was ‘a warning to America,’ says writer

03.16.16 1 year ago

On March 19, 2000, the critically-reviled Simpsons episode “Bart to the Future,” which offered a depressing glimpse into Bart's adult life, aired. In a nutshell: things didn't go well for the smart-mouthed delinquent. The overachieving Lisa, on the other hand? Became the first “straight female” president. And guess who she took over for?

“As you know, we've inherited quite a budget crunch from President Trump,” says Lisa as she sits in the Oval Office. Prescient? Let's hope not. But it's a scenario that's looking increasingly possible — and according to episode writer Dan Greaney, it was meant to ring alarm bells. 

“It was a warning to America,” Greaney told The Hollywood Reporter of the line, adding: “And that just seemed like the logical last stop before hitting bottom. It was pitched because it was consistent with the vision of America going insane.”

You can watch the chilling clip below (the relevant portion comes at the 2:21 mark), and read Greaney's full interview with THR here.

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